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August 24th, 2010


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07:14 pm
In other gripes:

So, I'm driving home, with about four exits to go, and I was forced over to the right lane on the freeway, which isn't too bad, as most of the traffic is going at the same speed, within a few MPH, when this wannabe SUV pulls in from the onramp. I was a courteous driver, and didn't ride up his ass, but he didn't accelerate to freeway speed. In fact, he was driving a good 20MPH slower than the speed of traffic. After about a mile of this, I finally had a break, and I pulled around him. As I passed, I noticed that he wasn't watching the road...in fact, he was texting!

Nowadays, in California, that is illegal. Had there been a CHP vehicle around, especially when he drew attention to himself by being so much slower than the rest of us, he'd have gotten a ticket.

I'm guessing that it's been so long since the law was enacted, that some dimwits have already forgotten about it. I know that I'm seeing a lot more people holding their cell phones to their ears than I did when the law making that illegal came into being.

And it really does affect your driving...
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
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I really can't imagine what could be so important that you have to text while driving? I mean, if I have something that important to say, I figure that the limits on messages sent would stop me from communicating it properly.

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From:droxy
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
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Big floo has a whole campaign dont text and drive and even has a feature "driving" to put stuff on hold. Texting and riving is like being drunk and driving. Trust me a text isnt worth being dead over.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
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Amen!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
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In Ontario as in California. Our law on the subject wasn't passed quite so long ago, but I'm still seeing scofflaws at assorted wheels on the roadways.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
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Pity that there's not enough law enforcement personnel to deal with these laws. They have to see you doing it...

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From:twilyght
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
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Sunday, I saw a police officer texting while driving...
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
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I've seen police officers talking on their cell phones while driving the police cruisers, as well.

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From:tinkll1
Date:August 25th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
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Anything that I have to say that is worth saying is too long to text. But I'm thinking of getting a new car in part because I want an effective Bluetooth and hands (sort of) off system. I know that I could just speak numbers and be even less diverted. Defensive driving makes a lot of sense.

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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
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I presently plug in my ear to my cell phone while driving, to respond to pages. I don't drive anything sufficiently technologically advanced enough to have built in Bluetooth...

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From:pogodragon
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
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It's the same here, talking on a hand held 'phone and texting are both illegal while driving and you can usually spot from quite a long way back when someone is doing one or the other behind the wheel.

Or the other day I saw someone with a great sheaf of papers that looked like a map/directions, trying to read them while behind the wheel. I am trying to be charitable when I say I assume his passenger was either blind or illiterate.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
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You are being charitable. I suspect laziness.

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From:pnkngrnd3
Date:August 25th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
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It's now a primary offense, so you can be pulled over for texting. (I live in Jersey, too.)

I know some states are pushing to make any phone use (including using it as your GPS) illegal. I think that's just a tiny bit unfair, since regular full-size maps can be just as dangerous, and what if you can't afford to buy a separate GPS? We get pushed to not use paper as much, but then God forbid someone tries to save a tree and uses their phone to navigate. And I don't even have a smart phone with a GPS.
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From:utter_scoundrel
Date:August 25th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Entitlement. Every time I get on my bike to go somewhere, I'm afraid my life will be ended by one of these mouth breathers because they just have to text Becky about last night's So You Think You Can Be An Armenian Sous Chef.

And yeah, its against the law here in Chicago and yet I see people (and police officers!) do it all the time...
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
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When our friend, Kevin, lived with us, he couldn't manage a car, so he rode a bike to work and what have you. He was clipped by passing cars at least thrice, and that was with him riding as far to the right as was possible. (For you folks in the Commonwealth, that's the proper side for his safety, as opposed to you oddities. Let's not discuss the Japanese.) He wore all the protective gear they made, and thank goodness. He feels much safer now, in a car.

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From:stacymckenna
Date:August 25th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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The BF bitches about folk on their phones while he's on his motorcycle ALL THE TIME. And then, last week, we get in my car, he offers to drive, my kid in the back, and the first thing he does is pull out his phone (with hands free kit, at least), and proceed to have a conversation he ultimately has to terminate because *he needs to take notes*. I told him in no uncertain terms that he was NEVER to get into MY car again with the intent of driving and immediately pull out his phone, *especially* for a conversation he needs to take notes from. He particularly never gets to do that and then bitch about distracted phone-using drivers he encounters while on his motorcycle.

He immediately agreed, because he's smart enough to know which side his bread is buttered on.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I use a hands-free setup, but now and then, patients page, and then expect me to call in prescriptions. I can't take notes, like how to spell their names, the phone number of their pharmacy, and the exact medication and dosage. Upsets them that they can't get an instantaneous response to their call.

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From:sekl
Date:August 25th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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It's bad enough to die for an important message, but for a text?

Safe travels.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
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How long could the damn text be? Jerk...

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From:trizia
Date:August 25th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
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It is illegal here too, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone :-( And the police don't seem to stop them for it.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 25th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Probably because they're too busy looking out for IRA folk looking to place unusual packages...

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From:jenergy1
Date:August 26th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
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people haven't forgotten about it...they just don't care.
one of my 'friends' was texting and driving and the officer gave her a ticket. she said she wasn't texting, she was tweeting. trying to be cute. it's not fucking cute anymore....people are dying and getting injured. texting isn't worth killing others or yourself. ppl are irresponsible, selfish and annoying.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 26th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Testify!
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